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Residents allowed to return to homes after gas explosions

Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions were given the green light Sunday to return to their homes.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

‘It looked like Armageddon’: Gas explosions destroy homes

A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities …


Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Thousands of homes in the northeastern Groningen province are facing reinforcement or even demolition because of hundreds of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction.


Oil and gas leases sold beneath Montana coal mine

A Wyoming company has purchased federal leases that would allow it to explore for oil and gas beneath the site of a Montana coal mine.


New Oregon law says motorists can pump their gas – sometimes

An Oregon law passed nearly seven decades ago banned drivers from pumping their own gas but now that’s changing – in some cases. The new year ushered in some modifications …


Police: Boise car thief arrested after running out of gas

State police say a Boise car thief was arrested after the pickup truck he stole ran out of gas and a trooper stopped to help.


Regulators Avista rate hearing set for Coeur d’Alene

Idaho state regulators will take public comments Tuesday on requested rate increases by Avista Corp.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate panel moves ahead

Oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is moving ever closer after a nearly four-decade political standoff.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Alaska lawmaker sees financial boon in refuge drilling

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her legislation to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling would generate $2 billion in royalties over the next decade – …


Interior to offer largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S.

The Interior Department said Tuesday it will propose the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States – nearly 77 million acres in the Gulf of …


Energy surge sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5 pct.

U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

In its latest initiative to reduce air pollution, Paris City Hall wants gasoline-powered cars off the roads by 2030.


Avista seeks to lower natural gas bills in Idaho

Avista is proposing to lower natural gas bills for Idaho customers by just over $1 per month, effective Nov. 1. Natural gas prices are adjusted each fall to take fluctuations …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

U.S.-backed SDF says it took Syria’s largest gas field from IS

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Saturday the country’s largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture …


Avista asks state regulators rate adjustments

Avista is asking Washington regulators for several rate adjustments that, if approved, would raise electric rates slightly and decrease natural gas rates.


Public speaks up as Avista considers raising rates

Avista’s top five executives made in excess of $10.5 million in 2016, and the company reported net income of $83.9 million in the first half of 2017.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Harvey’s impact on local gas minimal

Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding have halted production at Gulf Coast refineries, virtually guaranteeing spikes in gas prices across the country – but Inland Northwest residents shouldn’t expect to …


Gas prices rise, flights stall as Hurricane Harvey nears

Refinery operators along the Texas Gulf Coast are hunkering down for Hurricane Harvey, while motorists far from the storm’s path are also feeling the effects as gasoline prices rise.


Hurricane raises flooding, power loss fears for Texas oil refiners

The biggest fears for Texas refiners in the


Iran signs $5B gas deal with France’s Total, Chinese firm

Iran on Monday signed a $5 billion agreement with France’s Total SA and a Chinese oil company to develop its massive offshore natural gas field, the first such deal with …


Montana businessman charged with wire fraud

A Montana businessman has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and nine other federal charges after being charged with taking more than $2 million from people who believed they were …


Oregon self-service gas bill heads to governor’s desk

Pumping your own gas – anytime day or night – may soon be an option in nearly half of Oregon’s 36 counties.


OPEC committee recommends nine-month oil-cuts extension

OPEC and its allies came one step closer to agreeing to extend their oil supply deal after a ministerial committee recommended another nine months of cuts.


Shell CEO says climate change is real, but energy demand growth is ‘unstoppable’

Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, took time to speak to The Washington Post on May 17 during a visit to Washington, and he touched on …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 7:59 p.m.

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed.


EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.


Workers plug Alaska North Slope oil well that leaked gas

An oil well leaking natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been successfully plugged, according to private and government responders.


Alaska oil well leaking gas in northern part of state

A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it’s too …


Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed

The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho’s oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry.